Hi, She. Thanks a bunch for responding. I'd say folks here are tired of talking me through this as I sometimes forget to listen.
I had my surgery a year ago. Recovery has been... interesting.
How did you know when you needed a re-do? Did your wrap undo itself or did it fail some other way? What problems are you having now?
It's tough to make good choices, especially here in America. We're a processed, fatty food society.
Huge hernia, huh? I hear those are tough. I spoke with a woman that has most of her stomach in her chest. Mine was medium or small. I recently had a CT Scan to see how big my inguinal hernia was, but none was found. I wish they would have looked at my wrap, too, just to check. However, gallstones were revealed. After speaking with a friend that's an ER nurse, she seems to think my gallbladder could be causing all my issues. After my fat laden meal Monday night, I should have expected this. I see a surgeon Tuesday for a consultation. Bill, one of the moderators here, called that months ago before diagnosis. The surgeon overlooked the gallstones. My GI doctor saw them.
Hard to come to grips with being sick, isn't it? We just have to accept the fact that we have to be careful and can't eat with reckless abandon. Today, I've had an instant breakfast beverage (probably too much sugar), a CLIF bar (blueberry crisp), and some instant brown rice. I started feeling kind of bad after the rice. Luckily, my hand stopped its nonsense (knock on wood).
I'm glad your medicine helps. I take liquid Pepcid three times a day 30 minutes before I eat. My GI wanted to put me back on Dexilant, but I resisted. My reason for being wrapped was to stop taking PPIs and to fix that hiatal hernia. I think I was better off before. I still struggle with my strength. Perhaps my weak core muscles contribute. I had a small diaphragm tear during surgery normally seen in older people. I'm almost 34.
I'll continue to baby it. I'm not mentally strong enough to go through another wrap surgery.
LapNissen Fundoplication, 8/9/13
GERD, Anxiety, Depression